The streets of Toronto have seen a surge in food trucks in recent years, and the best time to catch them is when the weather turns warm. You’ll find mobile eateries roadside and at outdoor events that cater to a variety of tastes, from Canadian favorites to international cuisine, and even some sweet treats. If you’re spending the summer in Toronto, here’s a round-up of the best food trucks in the city.
Curbside Bliss Cupcakes
Nothing says bliss quite like a tasty cupcake. Curbside Bliss Cupcakes brings Torontonians delicious treats that are baked fresh every day. The food truck rotates a daily selection of five to seven confections from a menu of more than 30 flavors. Choose from banana cream, mint and s’mores mini cupcakes. Follow the truck on Twitter to find out where you can satisfy your sweet-tooth craving.
The Chase Fish and Oyster
The Chase Fish and Oyster is actually a brick-and-mortar restaurant that will debut later this summer at Yonge and Temperance streets. But for a sneak taste of its lobster rolls and seafood chowder, track down this food trailer (a smaller spin on the truck concept) of the same name. In advance of the restaurant’s grand opening, the food trailer is roving the streets and handing out free samples.
Carnivores will like Thunderin’ Thelma; the food truck belongs to Capalansky’s Delicatessen on College Street. The restaurant takes its smoked meat specialties to the streets with twists on Canadian favorites such as smoked meat poutine and maple-bacon doughnuts. To learn about the truck’s upcoming schedule, visit its website.
Blue Donkey Streatery
Blue Donkey Streatery is one food truck you can’t miss — there’s a big cartoonish blue mule painted on its side. This mobile eatery specializes in Greek food, including souvlaki and deep-fried zucchini chips that are a must-have. The Blue Donkey will spend the summer at outdoor concert venue Molson Amphitheatre, so you can have one of its gyros while seeing Matchbox Twenty, Bruno Mars or Tim McGraw.
Indulge in a bit of nostalgia at Crossroads Diner. This food truck is a blast from the past with a mobile twist on the classic American-style 1950s diner. Indulge in sandwiches such as The Elvis (grilled peanut butter, banana and bacon on brioche) or the pressed caprese. Top off your meal with one of the signature pies-in-a-glass — the truck turned favorites such as coconut cream and apple pie into easy on-the-go desserts. Stay up-to-date with Crossroads Diner’s schedule on Twitter.
The Feisty Jack
The Feisty Jack focuses on British fusion fare, so it serves food with Asian influences alongside English favorites. You can find anything from a naan’wich (such as chicken tikka masala wrapped in naan bread) to sticky toffee pudding that pairs perfectly with a scoop of ice cream. The standout for The Feisty Jack is the booze cupcakes, a collection of cakes inspired by cocktails and infused with alcohol. Try the piña colada, mudslide or margarita. Track the truck on its website.
Photos courtesy of iStock, Arpad Benedek, Curbside Bliss, Crossroads Diner